UAE and Israel to establish full diplomatic ties

Israel and the United Arab Emirates say they are establishing full diplomatic relations in a U.S.-brokered deal that required Israel to halt its contentious plan to annex occupied West Bank land sought by the Palestinians

S&P ends lower after flirting with record

The S&P 500 ended slightly lower Thursday after briefly trading above its record closing high level for a second day, and the Dow also fell in the wake of a disappointing forecast from Cisco Systems. Fred Katayama reports.

Woodward Gets His Hands on 25 'Personal…

President Trump and Kim Jong Un have been writing each other letters—and 25 of them are about to hit the presses. That's according to the publisher of Bob Woodward's second book about the Trump presidency, titled Rage. The personal letters "have not been public before," says Simon & Schuster...

Africa begins continent-wide study of COVID-19…

The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says an Africa-wide study of antibodies to the coronavirus has begun, while evidence from a smaller study indicates that many more people have been infected than official numbers show

Trump holds up virus aid to block election funding

[NFA] President Donald Trump on Thursday said his team was rejecting Democrats' bid to include funds for the U.S. Postal Service and shore up election infrastructure in a new coronavirus relief bill, as he vowed to block money to facilitate mail-in voting. Colette Luke has the latest.

Cops Use Live Fire on Belarus Protesters

As protests over Sunday's disputed presidential election continue to sweep Belarus, police have admitted using live fire on protesters. Police say officers used firearms Tuesday night to protect themselves from a "group of aggressive citizens with metal rods in their hands," the BBC reports. At least one person was injured....

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Pompeo, in Slovenia, pushes 5G security, warns…

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has visited Slovenia to make the case for high-speed wireless networks that bar Chinese companies like Huawei

Fauci's guide to jogging during a pandemic

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious diseases expert, said that when he and his wife go on their daily four-mile "jog, power walk" they are ready to flip their masks on if they get close to other people.

UK Recession Is Basically the Worst

It's a double whammy for the UK, which as of Wednesday claims not just Europe's worst coronavirus death toll, but also the worst recession of any major economy. Stats released Wednesday show the UK's GDP shrank 20.4% in the second quarter after a 2.2% loss in the quarter...

US official says FBI joining Beirut explosion…

A U.S. diplomat says the FBI will be joining Lebanese and other international investigators in the probe of the Aug. 4 explosion at Beirut’s port that killed more than 170 people, injured thousands and caused widespread destruction

Activist Angela Davis on Biden/Harris ticket

Activist and professor Angela Davis spoke to Reuters about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden choosing Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, saying "I think it makes the ticket a lot more palatable, that's for sure."

Opposition Candidate Flees Belarus: I Had No…

The opposition candidate in Belarus' disputed presidential election is no longer in the country, and a rep claims she was forced out. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya appeared Tuesday in a short video saying she'd opted to reunite with her children, who moved abroad after receiving threats during the campaign. "I know many...

Experts warn Spain is losing the 2nd round in…

Spain is facing another surge in coronavirus infections not even two months after beating back the first wave

White House to roll back curbs on methane

The Trump administration on Thursday will roll back regulations aimed at reducing emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas operations, its latest move to unwind environmental rules ahead of November's presidential election. Freddie Joyner has more.

Lebanon's Leaders Received Dire Warning 3 Weeks…

Security officials warned Lebanon's president and prime minister that the 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in Beirut's port could explode, destroying the city, just two weeks before that more or less happened. That's according to Reuters , which got its hands on a state security report on the events...

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Coronavirus positive? Thousands in Germany left…

Officials in Germany's Bavaria state have acknowledged that tens of thousands of travelers tested for the coronavirus upon entering the country over the past two weeks are still waiting to find out whether they were infected

Don't adjust holdings for the election: strategist

National Securities' Art Hogan says people shouldn't change their long-term investment plans for the presidential election. He also tells Reuters' Fred Katayama they should hold tech and cyclical stocks amid the current market rotation.

COVID-19 Returns to New Zealand

New Zealand put its biggest city on lockdown Tuesday after four new COVID-19 cases cropped up in the same household, Sky News reports. That means Auckland residents are being told to work at home and leave only for essential needs while nurseries, schools, bars, and restaurants are shut down for...

Thousands in Belarus form 'lines of solidarity…

Crowds of protesters in Belarus swarmed the streets and thousands of workers rallied outside industrial plants to denounce a police crackdown on demonstrations over a disputed election that extended the 26-year rule of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko

Biden: 'Be a patriot', wear a mask

After being briefed on the coronavirus pandemic by health experts, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Thursday said if Americans wear masks when they're outside for the next three months, over 40,000 lives could be saved.

Putin: We Just Won the COVID-19 Vaccine Race

Vladimir Putin says Russia has registered a COVID-19 vaccine—a dramatic first among world nations—and one of his adult daughters has already been inoculated, Reuters reports. "I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks," he said Tuesday...

Hong Kong media tycoon relieved he wasn't sent to…

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai had just finished his morning exercise when the police showed up

Kushner: Meeting with Kanye 'friendly discussion'

White House adviser Jared Kushner confirmed on Thursday that he had met recently with entertainer Kanye West, who is seeking to get his name on ballots for the Nov. 3 U.S. presidential election.

New Zealand Won't Commit on Official Wizard's…

Now that he's 87, Ian Brackenbury Channell has stepped back from his job a bit. Not even the official wizard of the New Zealand city of Christchurch can go on forever, so he's looking for someone to eventually take his staff. The job description is pretty clear—"perform acts of...

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Greece welcomes French navy presence in…

Greece’s prime minister has warmly thanked France for its decision to boost its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean, where Greek and Turkish warships are closely shadowing each other over a Turkish energy exploration bid in waters Athens claims as its own

WH 'obsessed with undermining absentee voting…

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday, "the president says he's not putting up any money for absentee voting and he's not putting up any money for the Postal Service, undermining the health of our democracy."

'The Ship Is Showing Really Big, Big Cracks'

A Japanese ship carrying thousands of tons of oil ran aground in one of the worst possible places: a coral reef in a formerly pristine sanctuary for rare wildlife in Mauritius. More than 1,000 tons of oil have already leaked from the MV Wakashio, soiling beaches and lagoons, and...